It’s often up to the project sponsor to decide whether a project is stumbling enough to warrant a reassessment. Once he does, there are many ways to approach this process, but Bennatan suggests 10 steps that pretty much cover the bases. He says that the entire reassessment process shouldn’t take more than two weeks to complete for midsize to large projects.
There are no one-on-one-sit-in-my-office-and-let’s-talk interviews. Boom, you just saved 7 hours per interview. Instead, spend those seven hours actually doing the work. Put the person on a team and have a brainstorming session, or design a widget or make some espressos together. If you want to hire a copywriter, do some copywriting. Send back some edits and see how they’re received.
The new virtual worker – equipped with a laptop, a broadband connection, a mobile phone and a desire to live a sockless lifestyle. Brent Simmons and Nick Bradbury know what I am talking about. Whether it is chasing your own dream, or part of the distributed team, the meaning of work is changing. It is for many of us who might work for say Yahoo or a Google, and use EVDO cards to stay connected, working as we ride the Caltrain.
What is the productivity framework for a knowledge or information worker, ie, people like me? In reflecting on my own experience, I see interlinked keys to productivity:
- Having a clear picture of what I want to achieve (clarity).
- Removing irritations and interruptions that break flow (interruptions).
- Having a brain that is rested, energized and active (rested).
As an equation then: C – I + R = P